We’ll play foot­ball all day to help Lola

Ormskirk Advertiser - - Front Page - BY CHANTELLE HEEDS chantelle.heeds@trin­i­tymir­ror.com @chantelle­heeds

THE Skem Men-Aces are pre­par­ing to host a 24-hour char­ity foot­ball match for an ill three-year-old lo­cal girl.

The game is to take place on Septem­ber 9-10 at Skelmers­dale Col­lege.

Lola Ward, from Skelmers­dale, was born with a rare con­di­tion known as Mowat-Wil­son syn­drome.

As a re­sult of the con­di­tion, she was born with­out a spleen, has holes in her heart and heart valves, cysts on her kid­neys and up­lifted ear­lobes.

Lola also suf­fers from Hur­sh­prungs dis­ease, which means she will have to have her colon re­moved later this year.

The Men-Aces – a team for adults with learn­ing dis­abil­i­ties – of­fi­cially an­nounced the 24-hour game last month, al­though the per­son they were fundrais­ing for had not yet been de­cided.

Carl Ea­ton, 54, man­ager and founder of Skem Men-Aces Foot­ball Club, said: “I met Lola for the first time a few days ago, and she in­stantly melted my heart.

“She is an ab­so­lute bun­dle of joy.

“She is very in­ter­ested in vi­su­als and our main tar­get is to raise enough money to buy her an iPad.

“We hope this char­ity event will raise aware­ness of Lola, her syn­drome, and make her re­ally happy.”

Lola’s dad, Des­mond Ward, 39, said: “All this is still sink­ing in, you never think it is go­ing to hap­pen to you – we are so shocked that the foot­ball team have cho­sen raise money for us.

“Lola is lim­ited with what she can do, she is three now and she still can’t crawl or roll over.

“If we could get her an iPad for her sen­sory stuff, that would be fan­tas­tic.”

Since 2009, the Men­Aces have com­peted in var­i­ous fundrais­ing events, in­clud­ing truck pulls and a triathlon – and have raised more than £50,000.

Carl added: “All of our team mem­bers have learn­ing dis­abil­i­ties, and some have phys­i­cal dis­abil­i­ties, too.

“Ask­ing them to play foot­ball for 24 hours is go­ing to be dif­fi­cult.

“We do fundrais­ing events each year to give back to the lo­cal com­mu­nity, as they are so sup­port­ive of us.”

If you would like to find out more, visit the Skem Men-Aces web­site, and if you would like to do­nate, visit www.go­fundme. com/sup­port-for-lo­la­may

Three-year-old Lola Ward suf­fers from a rare con­di­tion called Mowat-Wil­son syn­drome

Skem Men-aces have pledged to play a 24-hour foot­ball match to help Lola Ward

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